Saturday, September 29, 2012
Reading left and right
The Jungle. Sinclair tells the story of an immigrant family that finds itself caught up in the de-humanizing world of the early twentieth century Chicago meat packing industry (if you are at all inclined to become a vegetarian, this book may convince you). Just as Rand's novel provides a warning against neglecting personal responsibility, Sinclair's novel is a vivid portrayal of the evils of unmitigated greed.
It is not my place, or desire to tell you how to think, or to suggest which author's vision of reality (and suggested alternative) is more compelling. I will, however, exhort you to read thought-compelling books that reflect alternate perspectives as a way of fostering empathy and critical thinking.